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Parent Rights

YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIESAS the parent of a child in California Public Schools

California state law governs the operations of public schools. The State Legislature passes new laws affecting public education, as well as laws directing local school districts to undertake new responsibilities.

These laws often require that school districts inform parents of the opportunities and protections to which they are entitled.

The following is a summary of state law provisions which parents should be familiar with. In most cases, the laws have been summarized with the California Education Code number provided if additional information is needed.


School boards must notify parents of their rights to service and programs offered by public schools. Parents must sign a notification form and return it to their child's school acknowledging they have been informed of their rights. By signing the form, the parent (guardian) does not indicate consent to take part in any particular program (E.D. 48980).